'Jesu, Meine Freude'
The First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School Street, will host "Jesu, Meine Freude" on Sunday, Nov. 17, beginning at 4 p.m.
The concert is the second concert of the church's 2013-14 "Arts at First Presbyterian Church" series and will feature all of the church's musical ensembles.
Dieterich Buxtehude's "Jesu, Meine Freude" is the major work featured in the concert and will be performed by the church's adult and teen choirs, which are directed by Dr. Susan Kelly. They will be joined by soprano Jessica Hitchcock, bass Fran McMullen and a string trio consisting of Fritz and Leah Valenches on violin and Peter Brubaker on cello.
Other participants in the concert will be the church's chapel choir and bell choir. The concert will conclude with a performance by all the choirs of "All Ye Who Hear," an arrangement of "Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty," which is being presented in memory of longtime choir member, Steve Owens.
According to organizers, Dr. Kelly is one of the area's most respected choral directors. She is the director of choirs at Abington Heights High School and the director of children's and youth programs of the Choral Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania as well as conductor of its Cantare choir. She is also a member of The Lyric Consort, an eight-voice professional vocal ensemble. Dick Cochrane will lead the church's bell choir and Kay Ten Eyck, the church organist, will direct the children's choir and serve as the accompanist for the evening.
The "Arts at First Presbyterian Church" series has been supported in part by grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program and the Lackawanna County Community Arts and Culture program as well as by private contributions.
There is no admission charge for this concert, but a free-will offering will be taken. Call the church at 570-586-6306 or visit www.fpccs.org for more information.